The latest copyright infringement lawsuit from Wixen Music Publishing promises to be a biggie: it’s suing Triller for $50m, alleging that it has infringed more than 1,000 songs from the company’s catalogue.
Billboard has the details, including some pointed criticism of how Triller has been spending its money in recent months. “Instead of paying Wixen and the songwriters Wixen represents to use their Works, Triller pays ‘social influencers’ substantial sums of money and provides them with Rolls Royces, mansions (with housekeeping), weekly sushi dinners at Nobu, and, in at least one instance, a helicopter,” claimed Wixen’s filing.
Triller CEO Mike Lu has already hit back in similarly-spicy vein, saying “we look forward to our day in court where hopefully we can stop them from doing this to others who may not have the resources to fight them and give in to their extortionist demands”.
With Wixen having sued Spotify in the past (and settled) and its representative body the NMPA being a prominent critic of Triller, the social app may have a big fight in store if it really does intend to go to court.